Jeremiah 50:6-7 “My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place. Whoever found them devoured them; their enemies said, ‘We are not guilty, for they sinned against the Lord, their true pasture, the Lord, the hope of their fathers.’ “

During His Ministry here on earth, Jesus would often look compassionately upon the crowds gathered around Him and liken them to harassed and helpless sheep without a shepherd…calling them the lost sheep of Israel. But here in Jeremiah and elsewhere in this Book, God through the prophet Jeremiah is condemning the Leaders and false Teachers for only being concerned for themselves and not the flock God had entrusted them with. God accused them of purposely leading His people astray with reckless lies and deception and causing they to roam far from Him in the form of idolatry, (the setting up and worshipping of pagan altars on every high hill and under every spreading tree.” Isaiah speaks to this when he wrote, “We all, like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way…” For it’s when we’re doing our own thing that the enemy can easily pick us off…and then have the audacity to blame us for being caught up in their trap. But the good news is God is still in control and even though the lions may have chased and scattered the flock…the Lord assures us, “I will bring Israel back to his own pasture.”

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